A CADET scheme run by Staffordshire Police is to begin recruiting new members in Burton in the new year, the county’s police and crime commissioner has revealed.
Young people aged between 10 and 17 will be able to join the scheme when it is set up in the town, following on from successful launches in other parts of Staffordshire.
The initiative, which was the brainchild of crime commissioner Matthew Ellis, sees youngsters heading out with police officers to reassure members of the community and learn how the force does its work.
Mr Ellis said: “It’s a fully uniformed, and creates leadership skills and good citizenship. The early results are absolutely fabulous – we’ve seen some real changes. It’s had some staggering results very early on.
“This will be a real opportunity. I think we will be able to use the scheme as a really good base from which to expand out things for youngsters.”
It is not yet been revealed exactly when the scheme will be launched in Burton, but already it has been given a boost by a Uttoxeter businessman, who donated £2,500 to in memory of his daughter Lisa Oldham, who died in a fire last year. Peter Douglas said he wanted to make the donation as a token of appreciation for the sensitive way in which East Staffordshire police handled investigations into the 38-year-old’s death.
The money was raised in a Three Peaks Challenge, completed by family and friends.
Cadet schemes, which are sponsored by local businesses have already been set up in Stafford and Cannock and around 35 youngsters have already signed up.
Mr Ellis, pictured above, said he was aiming to recruit 250 cadets around the county by next year.
He made the revelation during an event in Burton, where he took questions from the crowd about the issues affecting Burton and the surrounding areas.
Other areas addressed were anti-social behaviour and rural crime.